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Carson wrestlers head to Sierra Nevada Classic

Darrell Moody
dmoody@nevadaappeal.com

Carson High’s young wrestling team, fresh off a championship at the American River Invitational last week, steps up in competition today when it participates in the Sierra Nevada Classic at the Reno Livestock Events Center.

Action starts at 9 a.m. and is expected to last until 8 p.m. on the first day. Action will start at 9 a.m. on Wednesday with championship matches expected to start around 4 p.m.

“This tournament has 101 teams, but I think we’ll be in the mix with a lot of teams,” Carson coach Tim McCarthy said. “It will be a lot like the Tournament of Champions event, but I think we’ll have more opportunities to get some wins.”

Because of injuries and Christmas break, which saw some wrestlers miss practice, Carson is only sending nine wrestlers – Nico Garcia (160), Cole McCarthy (125), Jordan Luhrs (145), Patrick Craugh (112), Kyle Sharp (103), Ty Welch (130), Nick Lani (119), Andrew Cunningham (135) and Cody Cunningham (152) – to the event.

The only change in the lineup is at 130 where Ty Welch, who is coming off a knee injury, replaces Cruz Kerver, who suffered a dislocated elbow last week at the ARC Invitational.

On paper, Craugh and Garcia have the best shot at finishing in the top eight, according to McCarthy.

“I’d like to get a couple more to the second day,” he said, “but to do that you have to win four matches.

“Kyle (Sharp) has the potential. He’s been super hot and other times not looked so good. Cole has a shot and Jordan Luhrs won all four of his matches last week and wrestled well.”

Carson finished 36th out of 97 teams last year. Nick Schlager won Carson’s only individual title and was named the Most Outstanding Lightweight of the tourney.

Here’s a rundown on some Northern Nevada medal contenders:

Lowry: 145-pounder Jace Billingsley, two-time state champion. Bishop Manogue: 171 pound state champ Rickey McDonald and 152-pounder Curtis Bright. McQueen: 103-pounder James De Leone; 112-pounder Joe De Leone 112; 215-pounder Tyson Otuafi. Reed: 189-pounder Brock Westlake and 215-pounder Specer Empey 215. Reno: 119-pounder Bo Bettinson and 140-pound Joey Lavallee. Wooster: 160-pounder Steven Elecegui. Damonte Ranch: 135-pound Drew Smith. Spanish Springs: 119-pound and state champ Curtis Lampert. Douglas: 125-pounder Dillon Spates.